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Kiwi 'Issai'

Actinidia deliciosa, Actinidia chinensis, Chinese Gooseberry

Hardy Perennial

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Unlike other varieties, the exceptionally sweet fruit of this spectacular climber are virtually hairless. This vigorous hardy Kiwi is self fertile, making it perfect for the smaller garden where there is only room for one plant. An attractive climber with mid-green foliage and clusters of deliciously fragrant small white flowers in summer. The oval fruits can be harvested in September. Height: 6m (20') Spread: 4m (13'). Pot grown plant supplied.

Ideal For:
kitchen garden, walls and fences
Flowering Period:
full sun
    • 1 kiwi plant in 9cm pot

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Grow Kiwi plants in a sheltered, sunny position in any fertile, well drained soil. Prior to planting, incorporate plenty of well rotted manure or garden compost into the planting hole. Plant Kiwi, firm in and water well. Provide the twining stems with an appropriate support such as trellis or wires attached to fences and pergolas.
Feed and water regularly until fully established and train stems onto their supports. In autumn apply a mulch of well rotted manure or compost to the base of the plant. Prune Kiwi fruit plants in winter. In the first two years, prune plants to create an espalier framework of one permanent leading stem and numerous horizontal stems. Cut back the leading shoot to maintain it within the allotted space. Fruit is formed on the previous years wood, and also on fruit spurs created by cutting back side shoots on horizontal stems to 3 or 4 buds. Overcrowded side shoots can be thinned out to allow light and air around the developing fruit. Plants may take 3 years before producing a full crop of delicious Kiwi fruit.
We will do our best to ship your plants or bulbs to you at the ideal time for planting as stated against each product. We recommend that you prepare your soil, planting beds or patio containers ahead of time so you are ready to plant out, or pot on, just as soon as your order arrives. You will find the name of the variety printed on the top line of the address label on your package. Please ensure that you open the packaging immediately and carefully read through the instruction leaflet provided. For greatest success, please pot on or plant out as soon as possible, following the cultural instructions enclosed with your order.
  1. Kiwi plant

    By wendy nottage 16-09-2016

    I also bought my Isaai 3 years ago. It's grown remarkably well. However, no flowers at all, ever, despite checking practically every day from early summer. Severely disappointed.

    Our Reply

    " Thank you for your review. I am sorry to learn of your disappointment with your purchase. At your earliest convenience please contact our Customer Care Department at, one of our agents will be more than happy to look in to this further for you. "

    Jo - Van Meuwen
    Customer Care Team

  2. not so sure with mine

    By Martyn Franklin 29-06-2016

    My Issai is now three years old and its big! probably 5-6 metres long. Last year a few flowers set, I saw bees on them but nothing became fruit. It seems the flowers just dropped off the vines. There were many flowers so I thought lets see what happens next year. Next year is here now 2016, lots of flowers set, lots of bees on them, all flowers have now gone, nothing there? I thought... this was self fertile so I don;t need another one. I've not seen anything remove the flowers and I'm at a loss after 3 years growing time why this is happening. The plant is growing very well. At a loss....

    Our Reply

    " Thank you for your review. I am sorry to learn of your disappointment with the performance of your Issai. If you would like to send the details above with a photo of your plant to our Customer Care Team at one of our Horticulturists will be happy to help. "

    Natalie - Van Meuwen
    Customer Care Team

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